Small businesses feel the impact of power outage

Small businesses feel the impact of power outage
Published: May. 31, 2017 at 12:08 AM CDT|Updated: May. 31, 2017 at 5:26 AM CDT
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Businesses across Memphis are feeling the financial impact of Saturday's storm and the corresponding power outage. Many businesses were still left in the dark Tuesday.

Rachel's Flower Shop on Poplar Avenue has been without power since Saturday.

"It will take a small business a year to recover," owner Rachel Greer said.

Rachel's Flower Shop has been in Memphis for 60 years. The power outage has created a ripple effect of major setbacks.

"It's too hot to work in the facility itself, and then the flowers are just pitiful," Greer said.

Flowers are dead, employees can't work, and power is still out.

"It will throw a monkey wrench that will be hard to recover from, to be honest. We will always remember this setback," Greer said.

Beeker's Food Delivery on Madison Avenue is always working to get back up and running.

"I'm worried about my employees who live paycheck to paycheck," owner Charles Fisher said.

A GoFundMe has been set up on the company's behalf. They said it will take the support of the community to keep small businesses afloat after the storm.

"We may not be here in two weeks from now without a little help or another small business," Fisher said.

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